Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis in a pediatric patient

Peter Jones, Laura Papadimitropoulos, Mark O. Tessaro

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Abstract

Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis is a reversible metabolic disorder that is characterized by acute muscle weakness and hypokalemia. It predominantly affects males of Asian descent. We describe the youngest such patient yet reported, a 13-year-old Asian male with a history of transient attacks of weakness who presented to our emergency department with weakness in his extremities and mild tachycardia. Laboratory test results initially revealed marked hypokalemia and later confirmed associated hyperthyroidism. Correction of the hypokalemia reversed the patient's weakness in the emergency department.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-37
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Hypokalemia
Paralysis
Pediatrics
Hospital Emergency Service
Muscle Weakness
Hyperthyroidism
Tachycardia
Extremities

Keywords

  • Asian
  • hypokalemia
  • periodic paralysis
  • thyrotoxicosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis in a pediatric patient. / Jones, Peter; Papadimitropoulos, Laura; Tessaro, Mark O.

In: Pediatric Emergency Care, Vol. 30, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 35-37.

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Jones, Peter ; Papadimitropoulos, Laura ; Tessaro, Mark O. / Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis in a pediatric patient. In: Pediatric Emergency Care. 2014 ; Vol. 30, No. 1. pp. 35-37.
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